The wrestling world is mourning the death of Joan Marie Laurer or more commonly known as Chyna on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. The former WWE superstar was only 46 years old at the time of her death.
According to a report by TMZ Sports, officials are looking at a possible overdose as the cause of death because prescription bottles were found in Chyna’s apartment in Redondo Beach, California. She is known to have a long history of a drug problem.
The official website of the WWE has acknowledged the death of their former employee. Stephanie McMahon called her a pioneer of the wrestling industry. It is a sad story of one of the most popular wrestler in WWE during its “Attitude Era.”
Let’s take a look at the five best moments in the WWE career of the Ninth Wonder of World.
1. Winning the Intercontinental Championship
Chyna became the first woman to ever win the Intercontinental championship when she defeated Jeff Jarrett at No Mercy 1999 in a Good Housekeeping Match. She went on to defend the Intercontinental title against the likes of Chris Jericho.
2. Winning the Women’s Title
Surprisingly, despite being the strongest woman in her time in the WWE, Chyna only won the Women’s championship just once. She defeated Ivory at WrestleMania 17 in a squash match in front of about 68,000 fans.
She never lost the title and held it for 214 days before leaving the WWE in 2001 because of a contract dispute.
3. Becoming the No. 1 Contender for the WWE Championship
On August 10, 1999, episode of RAW is WAR, she defeated Triple H to become the first woman to be the No. 1 Contender for the WWE Championship. However, she lost her opportunity to Mankind before SummerSlam that year.
4. Royal Rumble/King of the Ring Participation
Chyna is a real pioneer of women’s wrestling as she also became the first woman to ever participate in a Royal Rumble match and the King of the Ring tournament. She entered last in the 1999 Royal Rumble and eliminated Mark Henry.
5. Posing for Playboy
Eddie Guerrero’s “Mamacita” was also on the cover of Playboy Magazine on its November 2000 issue. It was reportedly one of the best-selling issues in Playboy history.
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